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An October 2006 trip to Munich by LenR

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Quote: All cities have 'don't miss' attractions. This journal covers 5 places that all Munich visitors should see and we don't even visit an art gallery.

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Munich Residenz Photo, Munich, Germany
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Munich is the major city I enjoy most in Germany. It has so many great attractions, it is easy to move around and the locals seem to have a relaxed attitude to visitors.Munich considers itself a cultural city and certainly some of the galleries and museums are amongst the best in the world. It is also a city that has retained much of its history despite major destruction towards the end of World War 2. Many significant buildings have been rebuilt or repaired and the central city is now mainly pedestrianized so this is saving the buildings and making them easier for visitors to see.One of my favourite activities when in the city is to walk around admiring the streetscapes. All the entri...Read More

Old Town

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Attraction | "Old City Gates"

Old Town Photo, Munich, Germany
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Munich, in common with many European cities, was once surrounded by a city wall. Of Munich's original five gates, only three remain today - the Karlstor, Isartor and Sendlinger Tor. They are a great reminder of the past and interesting attractions in their own right. They are still the major entrances into Munich's historic city center. Unfortunately, only remnants remain of the original structures. You will come to each gate as you explore Munich but if you want to check them out all together, it is only about a 20-minute walk between each.Isartor.This gate was built in 1337 and served as a fortification for the defence of the city under Kaiser Ludwig of Bavaria. It is the only gate to re...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

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Munich, Germany

Old Town

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Attraction | "Old Town Hall"

Old Town Photo, Munich, Germany
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As you approach Marienplatz from the Isartor, the Old Town Hall is the most prominent building you see. It is not obvious what the building is and in fact even when you walk beneath the main hall there appeared to still be no sign telling you about the building. It was out with the trusty guidebook and all was revealed.The beautiful Old Town Hall was built in 1474 (incorporating a 1180 watchtower) and rebuilt after the Second World War in its original state. The building with its tower (which used to be a city gate and it now home to the toy museum) is fairly plain, at least compared to the new Town Hall but is appealing to me. Outside you will find a statue of Juliet (Romeo's Juliet) which wa...Read More

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Munich, Germany

Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall)

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Attraction | "Town Hall"

Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) Photo, Munich, Germany
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Built in Flanders Gothic style, this is one of the most famous buildings in Munich; its facade, over 300 feet in length, features strikingly elaborate stone ornamentation. Its 260-foot tower with carillon is, with St. Peter's Church and the twin towers of the Cathedral, one of the most distinctive features of the city's skyline.Built in the 1860s, the Munich City Hall’s neo-Gothic architecture is the result of a show of strength between a local, rather conservative, politician and the City Council. The politician opposed the Council’s plan for a Renaissance-style building to replace the old City Hall (Altes Rathaus). Eventually, Munich’s City Council caved in and asked Georg von Hauberrisser, ...Read More

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Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall)
Marienplatz 8
Munich, Germany 80331
49 89 23300

Munich Residenz

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Attraction | "The Residenz"

Munich Residenz Photo, Munich, Germany
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The Residenz was the former royal residence of the Bavarian Dukes and Kings. Today it is one of the finest room decoration museums in Europe. The complex of buildings contains ten courtyards and 130 rooms. The rooms and large halls can be visited, and the many collections of precious art, china, historic paintings, and old furniture paint a vivid picture of 500 years of Bavarian history.Arrows point you along the recommended route, as not all rooms are open at all times. In fact they change the route during the day so that early morning is different to the afternoon. If you follow the recommended route, you will find that it takes several hours if you have a reasonable look at things as you go...Read More

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Munich Residenz
Max-joseph-platz 3
Munich, Germany 80539
49 (89) 290-671

Deutsches Museum

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Deutsches Museum Photo, Munich, Germany
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In my experience, this is probably the largest and best museum of science and technology in the world. It is also the most popular museum in Germany for good reason. The building is vast and it would take all day to see most areas. There is also an extensive library. The collection keeps growing so that the museum has now opened three other branches where some of the more interesting displays are now held. This is a great pity for the short-time visitor because these other venues are not close-by and most people will not make the effort to see them.I first visited here in 1966 and was blown away by the place. The huge railway, aviation and automobile displays were staggering. Some of these are...Read More

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Deutsches Museum
Museumsinsel 1
Munich, Germany 80538
+49 89 21791